Fiskars Momentum Push Reel Lawn Mower

by lars on February 1, 2010


Fiskars is known for making great scissors, shears, prunes, gardening tools…you name it. Therefore, it only makes sense that eventually they would unveil a new push reel mower for 2010. This mower is the Fiskars Momentum Reel Mower.

Not only does fiskars know a thing or two about cutting, but they’ve got this mower packed with some great features. Check it out:

InertiaDrive Mower Technology:

A large diameter cutting reel and heavy blades store energy like a flywheel, so the Momentum push reel mower provides twice the amount of power to cut through tough stuff like small twigs, weeds or dense grass that can sometimes clog other reel mowers. The Fiskars Momentum reel mower also requires 30 percent less pushing force than standard reel mowers when cutting long grass.

Fiskars Reel Mower Ergonomics:

The Momentum reel mower has several features that make this mower easier and more enjoyable to use. One of these features is an ergonomic height adjustable handle with padded grip (this makes it easy on the hands while pushing the mower). To change the cutting height of the mower, the Momentum showcases a quick and easy one-touch cut height adjustment system. As far as grass after its been cut, a grass discharge chute directs grass clippings forward, away from the user’s feet.

Fiskars VersaCut Reel Mower Design:

Currently, the Momentum has the greatest cutting height range of any reel mower with the settings starting at a minimum of 1 inch ranging up to 4 inches cutting height. This particular push reel mower also edges three times closer than other reel mower models and does not leave uncut grass strips under the wheels.

StaySharp Blades and Cutting System:

Precision engineering by Fiskars allows grass to be cut without the blades touching the cutter bar, which significantly reduces friction and wear on the blade – a feature that Brill has had for several years, by the way. By eliminating the steel-on-steel contact that dulls some brands of standard push reel lawnmowers, the blades can be maintained by sharpening them every few years instead of every year.

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Chuck July 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm

The Fiskars mower works OK as long as your grass isn’t over 2-3″ high. If the grass is taller than that, the front axle pushes the grass down and it doesn’t spring back up in time to be caught by the blades. When the seed heads are up I have had to weed whack the *entire* lawn.

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TC July 25, 2010 at 1:17 am

This mower works better than fine. If your grass is 3″ high you will need to do the multiple pass technique. But everyone knows that. What I like is the forward throw. it keeps cutting the clippings to almost nothing. One thing I would like to see is the grass catcher they say is coming out and if a solid roller on the front instead of the two wheels for even areas and it also makes striping possible in the grass

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Shannon February 14, 2011 at 4:52 am

Honestly, Chuck doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Or he hasn’t figured out how to set the height adjustment yet. With a mower that can be adjusted as high as 4″ cut height, what he’s saying makes no sense at all. In fact I can’t imagine that what he is saying is even possible if you tried to set the thing to cut at 1″!

I have used this mower in grass as much as 10″ long, and I did not have the experience he apparently did. I just adjusted the cut height to 4″ and walked through it, turned around and came through it from the other direction, then set the cut height to 2″ and repeated another couple passes, and it was done.

On most lawns, using a 2 inch cut height is perfect, and this will easily handle grass up to 5″ tall without a problem. I have my lawn mowed down to 1″ now, and I wish it would grow faster so I could mow it more frequently. This thing is fun. The best cut height to start with is about 1″ shorter than what your grass is currently grown to. Then just shave off another inch every day until you get it where you want it.

By the way, I have four kinds of grass in my yard: Bahia, Bermuda, Zoisya and St. Augustine. It handles them all with equal ease. It’s all about that proper cut height. You will know very quickly when you’re trying to mow too low, because it very suddenly becomes a challenge to cut.

Clippings are handled beautifully, and there’s no need to rake if you use the mower properly. As I said before, just mow off an inch per day until you have it where you want it, so the clippings won’t bog it down. Then mow at that height once or twice a week and you’re all set.

One thing that really surprises me is that once you have found the right cut height, you really only need one pass. I’m used to people telling me about making two or more passes with other reel mowers, so I was expecting the same with this one. Nope, set it properly and one pass is all you need.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with this mower. It ignores 99% of the sticks I run it over, 75% of the pine cones, and 100% of the acorns too. (Again, proper height adjustment.) Even for yards of an acre or more, it’s a great choice. I cut my grandfather’s acre of St. Augustine today and it was really easy, and surprisingly fast at just over an hour. This mower is hands down best-in-class, just as they claim. Beats the Scott’s mowers all to … well, you know.

Sorry, Chuck, but I think you need someone else to mow your grass if you can’t figure out the height adjustment knob.

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Jason Byrne February 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for the reviews. While Shannon provided some good information, I wish she wouldn’t denigrate someone else’s experience and blatantly insult the man. Maybe his lawn is extremely think of a different type from which Shannon is not familiar.

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gene herman February 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Where can I find a local dealer near summerfield, fl. 34491

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steve2266 April 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

@gene herman, We are not familiar with a dealer in your area, however there are a few online dealers who can ship the mower direct to you.
Here is a link to one: http://www.cleanairgardening.com/fiskars-momentum-reel-mower.html

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William March 4, 2011 at 4:20 am

Shannon,
An acre in an hour????
Wm

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willy April 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Chuck knows what he is talking about. Let’s not be so quick to criticize, shall we, boys? It all depends on the type of grass. Some grass is easy to cut, other grass is more heavy duty, so to speak. I think chuck points out a fundamental problem of this type mower (push reel mower) and that is that it don’t work too well on high grass. In other words, mow more often. What’s the big deal? I like mowing the lawn with my push mower. I like using my grass catcher attachment that I made myself, as fiskars and most other reel mowers do not seem to think people are intelligent enouth to know what to do with grass clippings besides dump them in the garbage can. Grass clippings are perfect for making layered mulch type compost. Check out “lasagna gardening” or “layered mulch.” Every once in a while I take off the grass catcher and let the lawn fertilize itself with the clipping mulch–high in nitrogen.

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Chris April 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I bought this mower 1 year ago for our new house. We built, so its bermuda yard, but still has weeds. Chuck is more right than Shannon, who sounds like he/she works for Fiskars. Overall this was the best reel mower I could find. And it does cut good. However, it does not cut sticks, twigs, and any loose mulch will bring you to a jarring halt. If you wait too long to cut, expect to make at least two passes. Also, if your yard does have weeds, like crabgrass that gets very tall quickly, the mower does exactly as Chuck describes on any setting, it just won’t cut it. If your grass is thick, don’t expect to continue to run over the cuttings either, they eventually pile up. It really needs a bagger.
Like I said before, I really like the mower. I cut very short, and you can only get that with a reel, and this is the best reel mower I could find. You just need to know what you are getting into. Our lot is 1/3 acre, and our house has a fairly large footprint. Its not 100% flat, but it isn’t the side of a hill either, and it takes me a 1-2 hours to mow depending one how hard I’m willing to walk. It also takes a brisk walk to cut smooth, at least as low as I mow. I hope that as my lawn matures, it will get easier. At this point, mowing day is my cardio workout and then some.

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harry April 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Does anyone have experience with the Fiskars on a bentgrass green–the home we’re buying has a large golf green in the back yard–I’m assuming a reel mower is needed here??

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steve2266 April 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

@harry, A standard reel mower will not cut low enough for a putting green, its take a special costly reel mower. http://www.cleanairgardening.com/greensmower.html

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ruby April 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

I have used my new Fiskars once and loved the ease of adjustment and did not find it particularly heavy. It may not be the right mower for my “lawn”, though. We just bought a 3 acre property – an acre or so is mowable grass – and are still learning about caring for it. I think I tried to do the first mow too early – still too wet. That, plus the tough awn grasses were too much for it. So we hired a few kids to do the initial mowing with their dad’s gas mower and I look forward to giving it another try. The foxtail grasses are my nemesis – I’m anxious to cut, pull and bag up as much as I can – it’s not a grass that should be left to reseed. I could really use a bagger (and some sheep).

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